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May 11, 2009

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Chris

One of my teachers say's it's going to get worse before it gets better. That's probably why so few stick to the path. It's hard to get past that first glimpse..

Barry Briggs

Hi Chris, Thanks for your comment! Many traditions speak of the "dark night of the soul" - that bleak and even devastating glimpse into how *we* create suffering. No one else does it, no one else to blame. Just us.

Groan.

pete

Another good question:

"How do we create suffering?"

Your latest comments are much appreciated
as they offer me a different view on "just right".

NO babbling at all, I really thought they were useful.

Pete.

Barry Briggs

Hi Pete, Thanks for your nice words. One of the things that I most appreciate about your blog is your willingness to look right in the face of this question, "How do I create suffering?" That's all that Buddhist practice comes to, in the end. Slowly or quickly, we might have some insight into this "how" and then we can "knock it off" (as my teacher says). Take care, Barry

Alice

I'd say that once in a while, I get glimpses of half the ox's right buttock...or is it the left? Or is it even a buttock, or an ox's buttock at that? While examining, there are the droppings...right on my head...SPLAT! That must be the rear end. I'm almost certain when the shit hits. Time to examine that stool.

Barry Briggs

Alice, I've consistently found that stool-examination rivals wall-sitting for the clear discernment of reality!

However, I would never put my head as far into it as you seem to have done. Great bodhisattva action on your part! Thank you!

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